February 28th – Kinship Care Education and Advocacy Day in Albany

On February 28th, over 25 service providers and caregivers visited the legislative office building in Albany, NY to  to discuss kinship issues in New York State with the legislature, and a  to recognize the indispensable work of caregivers and professionals for the children in care. Collectively, the group met with over fifteen senators and assembly members, speaking out about the … Read More

Tax Fact Sheet Updated for 2016

As we ease into February, working caregivers will note that their W-2’s are arriving, and those that pay for childcare for the children in their care are seeing statements from daycare.  It’s tax time.  Here at the NYS Navigator, we provide information on the most common Child Tax Credits taken by caregivers – both federally and in New York State. … Read More

“Tawk” to us!

As 2017 progresses, KN looks forward to expanding its services and reaching out to more families in need.  Our staff met in Syracuse, NY last week to review our 2017 plan – we are excited to roll out several new ideas, including a quarterly newsletter, new conferences, partnerships, and website features.  If you would like to receive our quarterly newsletter, … Read More

Welcome 2017!

Happy New Year from the NYS Kinship Navigator!  We are excited to continue serving our hardworking caregivers in NYS – at last estimate, over 200,000 kinship families are currently residents of NYS.  In 2017, we look forward to providing you with the same services you have come to rely on – access to a kinship specialist via phone Monday-Friday, an … Read More

September Is Kinship Care Month: Celebrating Families When Children Live With Kin

Kinship care, as it’s commonly called, refers to caregiver grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, adult siblings and even family friends. Nationally, more than 2.7 million children live with relatives.  New York has more than 200,000 children living full time with kin.  Over 8,000 of these families reside in Monroe County. Kinship advocates constantly talk about the near sainthood of caregivers. Imagine … Read More

September Is Kinship Care Month in New York State: Celebration September 8, Albany NY Press Release

September Is Kinship Care Month in New York State: Celebration September 8, Albany NY For Immediate Release Contact: Gerard Wallace, Esq. Director, NYS Kinship Navigator September 7, 2016 gwallace@albany.edu // (845) 594-6398 Event:  Celebration of Kinship Care Month Luncheon and Awards Location:  Albany Institute of History and Art, 125 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY Time:  11:30am – 1:30 pm This September … Read More

Monthly Kinship Webinar – Join Us September 6 at 10am!

Introduction to Kinship Care:  Special Challenges and Legal Obstacles Join the Kinship Navigator Director and Staff for An Online Presentation! When: September 6, 2016 at 10am Log in Information: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/666465805 You can also dial in using your phone. United States +1 (408) 650-3123 Access Code: 666-465-805 First GoToMeeting? Try a test session: http://help.citrix.com/getready This webinar is presented once a month.  It … Read More

September is Kinship care Month

Celebrating the Many Families Where Children are Raised by Grandparents, Other Relatives, and Family Friends Kinship care refers to the more than 200,000 New York children who live full time with grandparents, relatives and family friends. Their caregivers, who are frequently at or near income poverty levels, have multiple challenges — the additional costs of bringing children into their homes, … Read More

New Application for Public Assistance – LDSS 2921

Please be advised that there is a new form to fill out to receive Temporary Assistance, effective July 1.  This will replace the old 17 page green form used to fill out for the NOn Parent (NCP, OTG) kinship grant.  NYS Navigator is revising our guide on this form and will have the new guide up by August 1.  If … Read More

August Kinship Webinar – postponed

The August Kinship Webinar will be postponed until September – please join us September 6th at 10am!  If you have questions or would like to speak with someone about a presentation in your area, please call our help line at 877-454-6463.